Game of Thrones ratings: Battle of Winterfell sets a new high for the series finale to beat

Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site
Game of Thrones Season 8 -- photo: Helen Sloan/HBO -- Acquired via HBO Media Relations Site /

Game of Thrones ratings unsurprisingly see an uptick from the previous week. The Battle of Winterfell pulled in a new record number of viewers across all platforms.

“The Long Night” was a success for Game of Thrones. Whether you loved or hated the episode, a record number of viewers tuned in across all platforms. Here’s a look at the Game of Thrones ratings for the Battle of Winterfell.

It’s really not that surprising the ratings were up from the previous week. This was the most highly anticipated episode of the whole season. It was the chance to see what would happen to the Night King and whether the living would make it through the night.

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What some people may not have expected was for the episode to beat the Season 8 premiere, which had already broken the Season 7 finale record for viewers across all methods of viewing HBO, including some delayed viewings. A record number of 17.8 million viewers tuned in, increasing by 12% from the previous week.

For comparison, 15.9 million people viewed the Season 8 premiere across the various streaming options. This was up from the Season 7 finale, meaning the Battle of Winterfell has set a new high for the Game of Thrones series finale to beat.

When it comes to the live ratings on the HBO channel alone, “The Long Night” certainly set a season record. Up 16% from the previous week, it pulled in 12.02 million viewers. This is only just off the record set by Season 7, which was 12.07 million. There is a chance the series finale will beat this number.

In terms of demo, the Battle of Winterfell was up 19% from the previous episode and up 4% from the season premiere, sitting at 5.28. It’s still not met the demo high set by the Season 7 finale of 5.70. Will the series finale be able to beat that?

We’re into new territory now. The Game of Thrones Season 8 trailer released earlier this year only showed footage up to “The Long Night.” It’s going to be interesting to see the viewing figures for Sunday’s episode.

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Game of Thrones continues Sundays at 9/8c on HBO.